2017 Rector Hustings Summary

‘This particular rector election cycle has been nothing short of colourful’ says SRC President Ameer Ibrahim, introducing the evening’s proceedings, and he’s not wrong; beginning back in January when we found out no candidates had been nominated, the re-opened nominations saw two globally controversial figures – right-wing pundit and vocal Trump supporter Milo Yiannopoulos, and Canadian psychology professor Jordan Peterson, who came under fire recently for his refusal to use gender-neutral pronouns when referring to students and staff. Other big names include ex-Liberal Democrat MP Vince Cable, prominent human rights lawyer Aamer Anwar, and Lady Cosgrove, the first female senator of the College of Justice, along with anti-ISIS YPG fighter Brace Belden and four recent Glasgow University graduates.

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Professor Refuses To Use Gender-Neutral Pronouns, Makes a Point of Being a Prick

A spectre is haunting the world, the spectre of gender-neutral pronouns. You can ignore the rise of the right-wing populist politics of Trump, Farage and Le Pen, everyone. The greatest threat to our right to free speech comes from those cultural Marxist loons trying to enforce political correctness on us. At least, that’s according to University of Toronto psychology professor, Jordan Peterson, who’s caused quite a fuss by refusing to address transgendered students by using their preferred alternate pronouns (‘they’, ‘ze’, etc.). Mr. Peterson has suggested that gender-neutral pronouns, and other ‘attempts to control the ideological and linguistic territory’, united under the umbrella of political correctness, are the initial thrusts in a massive Marxist offensive designed to deprive us of our freedom of speech, by preventing us from being deliberately and obstinately rude to each other. Presumably, at the end of the Cold War, the leaders of the Soviet Union, knowing the end was near, plotted to topple world capitalism by infiltrating Western universities with political correctness. This is just the beginning, warns Mr. Peterson, if we don’t act now, the regressive left will assimilate us like the sci-fi villains they are!

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